Text and Photos:
Javier A. Pinzón
Prime spots to feel the pulse of the city from above are Lazotea, Isaki Casco Viejo Rooftop, Selina Casco Viejo Panamá City, Villa Amazónica – Hotel – Restaurant and Rooftop, Tántalo Hotel – Kitchen – Roofbar, Vista Corona Panamá, deDiez, Cocoa Rooftop, Capital Bistro Panamá, and Casa Casco.
No one does atmosphere better than Lazotea in the Old Quarter. Located at Av. Eloy Alfaro and C. 11, it boasts an outdoor terrace around a pool and a quietly tasteful indoor salon. Added attractions include chef Jorge Rausch’s innovative cuisine, featuring unique flavors and his six-course special, and the lively entertainment: live music and a magic show on Wednesdays and Thursdays, a fire show on Fridays and Saturdays, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, a DJ plays music with broad appeal as night falls over the city.
Av. Eloy Alfaro y C. 11
Tel.: +507 387 0529
Isaki Casco Viejo
At Isaki, colors and flavors combine to produce the most exquisite Japanese fusion cuisine. Located across from the Church of San José and with a view of the bell tower, the experience of dining at this restaurant is further enhanced by its extensive cocktail list. If you want to enjoy one of Panama City’s incomparable sunsets to the charming background of saxophone music, Wednesday is the day. Music by local bands give you a good excuse to go on Fridays and Saturdays.
Avenida A, Casa de Oro, 2.º piso
Tel. +507 6717 4068
Selina Casco Viejo
This spacious, colorful, and entertaining tropical terrace is generally packed with a young and diverse crowd. You can sit by the pool and admire the sunset while savoring the delicious “Tacos La Neta.” Bring your mat for yoga at 8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Wednesday afternoons feature the celebrated “Corriente latina,” where locals teach foreign visitors how to dance as they all enjoy music and making new connections.
Tel. +507 6524 1630
With its 360° view of the architectural gems of the Old Quarter and the gleaming skyline, Tántalo is one of the Old Quarter’s premier rooftop venues. Locals and visitors alike gather here to sip exquisite beverages. Chef Pierre De Janon spoils diners with international culinary treats, fusing flavors from around the world while paying homage to local foods and beverages. The hotel itself is an ode to art, with murals by various artists splashed on the walls.
Av. B frente de la Escuela República de México
Tel. +507 262 4030
Relax with a good cocktail in hand and watch the sun go down at this outdoor bar and terrace during the daily happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. The rhythms of DJ Rhonald Vásquez will ease you into the night and Chef Antonio Tome will delight your palate with delectable dishes prepared with seasonal regional ingredients.
Av. B, al lado de Tántalo
Tel. +507 374 2620
Vista Corona Panamá
The comprehensive cocktail menu —unique in the Corona franchise— is undoubtedly an attraction at this bar-restaurant. Chef José Aparicio works his magic with Mexican fusion cuisine. Let the sunset and the DJ music wash away the cares of the day. In addition to the outdoor areas, indoor spaces come to the rescue in bad weather. Located across from the Church of San José.
Tel. +507 6228 4782
The Hotel la Concordia Boutique is located in the heart of the Old Quarter where the past and present of Panama City converge. The deDiez rooftop and restaurant occupies the top floor, offering a panoramic view of the Old Quarter and the city skyline. The music, ambience, gentle breeze, international menu, and spacious terrace combine to create a convivial atmosphere ideal for making friends. A DJ spins music with broad appeal on Fridays and Saturdays. If you want more privacy, you can reserve the entire rooftop for your events.
Tel. +507 6349 4187
This triple treat includes a sports bar on the first floor, a live music space on the second, and a rooftop with an incomparable view of the Bridge of the Americas and the Amador Causeway. A salsa band or live singer entertain on Saturdays. The kitchen is helmed by chef Stevenson Acevedo, who prepares Asian and international dishes. Bartender Gabriel Seijas serves up varied delights, including the Blu Cocoa special. DJ Ian González brings his music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and if you like to sing, Thursday is karaoke night. There are happy hour specials Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.
Av. Victoriano Lorenzo 902
Tel. +507 6738 5146
Capital Bistro Panamá
Once the original headquarters of the Panama firefighters, this building is part of the city’s historic legacy and occupies an exceptional location in the Old Quarter. The terrace offers a sweeping view of the beach, the ocean, and the city. Give in to the spell of the sunset as you savor chef Mariano Ceballos’ bistro cuisine, or sip one of the bartender’s classic cocktails. There are gin-and-tonic specials and free-flowing sangria Tuesdays to Thursdays and DJs on the weekend.
Av. Eloy Alfaro
Tel. +507 6270 8103
CasaCasco perfectly blends history with the avant-garde. The site spreads over five floors that include three fabulous restaurants, a disco, and a terrace where you can nibble enticing appetizers from the restaurants as you marvel at the Panamanian sunset. This new concept merges the best of the culinary world with the most select entertainment under one roof, giving you many options for lovely afternoons and special nights.
Calle 10 y Avenida A
Tel. +507 6288 9024